Scottish first as ‘Zig’ the robot checks in to NHS Fife

Zig the robot at Victoria Hospital
Zig the robot at Victoria Hospital

NHS Fife has welcomed its first fully automated cleaning robot to the Victoria Hospital.

The robotic scrubber dryer floor machine is the first of its kind in a Scottish hospital and works without the need for staff to manually ride on and steer as with conventional scrubber dryers, freeing them up to perform other duties across the hospital.

The robot is deployed overnight in corridors and can sense obstructions, allowing it to change direction and continue cleaning.

To herald the robot’s arrival, youngsters in the Children’s Ward were given the chance to give it a name.

Suggestions were entered into a draw before the winning name – Zig – was randomly selected by retiring Ward Clerk, Jennifer Kane, on her final shift following 43 years service.

NHS Fife Support Services Manager, Midge Rotheram, said Zig is already making a big difference: “It is really exciting for NHS Fife to be at the forefront of this new technology and be a Scottish first.

“We have been using Zig since February and it has already helped to make our cleaning process more efficient and established itself as a key member of the nightshift team – results so far have been very positive “